Bucs Split with UNCA in DoubleheaderMarch 7, 2009
By CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, SC- The Buccaneers returned to the field to complete the last games of their three game series with conference rival UNC Asheville. The Bucs split their double header losing the first 12-6 but taking the win on a rally in the middle of game two for the 11-10 win. The split moves the Bucs to 6-6 on the season, 2-1 in conference play, while the Bulldogs slide to 3-9 on the season and 1-2 in league play.
Asheville’s Taylor Wohlwend would record the win for the Bulldogs in the first game, allowing six runs on 10 hits in 7.0 innings. The Buc’s Charlie McCready would take the loss allowing five runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings.
The Bulldogs would make a statement in the first game that they were unwilling to let a repeat of Friday’s game happen taking a 3-0 lead to start the game. UNCA would bomb two back to back home runs to drive in three runs, before centerfielder Tom Burkett would put an end to the slide robbing Mike Vaughn of a home run over the center field wall for the second out of the inning. The Bulldog lead would be short lived however, when the Bucs tied the game at three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Holding the Bulldogs to the tie in the top of the second, the Bucs would take the lead in the bottom on a RBI fly out from Brantley Meier bringing home center fielder Tom Burkett after a triple that hit the center field fence. The Bucs would hold off the Bulldogs until the top of the fourth inning when Danny Baatz would drop a two run homer, followed by another four Bulldog runs, putting UNCA back on top 9-4. The Bucs would battle in the bottom of the fourth and sixth innings adding one run in each inning but to no avail as the Bulldogs added another three in the seventh and eighth innings.
Blake Hunt would hit his third homer run of the season in bottom of the fourth, while Brantley Meier would record his second RBI of the game to bring home first basemen Nick Chinners. The runs would bring the Bucs to six, for a final score of 12-6.
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The Bucs would use their second game of the afternoon to take back their home field for a final of 11-10, thanks in much part to two three run homers from freshman Patrick Dolan and senior Kory Morian to account for six of the eight runs scored in the inning.
The Buccaneer’s starter Jesse Cadenhead took the win for the Bucs in 6.0 innings, while Asheville’s Grier Harrington would account for the loss. CSU’s Patrick Dolan would record his first save of his collegiate career on 3.0 innings pitched, allowing only one hit and striking out four.
The Bucs took the lead earlier in the game scoring two runs in the bottom of the first to lead by one over UNCA. Red-shirt sophomore Scotty Radabaugh would score on a RBI from Mark Perry after a double of his own, before Perry would be driven in on a sacrifice fly from designated hitter Derek Smith.
After seven runs through out the next three innings, the Bulldogs lead 8-8, before the Bucs would score one more run in the bottom of the fourth when Perry would record one of three RBI for the game bringing home senior Jake Cox.
After a quick fifth inning, the Bulldogs would again add tot heir total with two more runs for a 10-3 lead, but that lead would fall in the bottom of the inning with two Buccaneers dropping three run homers, and two additional runs, giving the Bucs their 11-10 decision. Senior Kory Morian would take his first of two at-bats for the inning starting it off by reaching on a Bulldog error, before advancing to third on a double from Cox. Radabaugh took advantage of a fielder’s choice to reach base, while Morian scored his first of two runs in the inning. Perry would follow with a base hit to cross Cox, while leaving Perry and Radabaugh advanced on base. Freshman Patrick Dolan would drop his first home run of his collegiate career for the three run homer to pull the Bucs with in two runs of Asheville, scoring Perry and Radabaugh. After a Bulldog pitching change, first basemen Nick Chinners and Smith would each reach base before Morian would step to the plate for his second at-bat of the inning and hit a home run for the second three-run homer of the inning. The Bucs left the inning up 11-10, holding the Bulldogs off in the remaining three innings to take the win.
The Buccaneers travel to Savannah State next for a game at 2 p.m. on March 10.Related Item: Box Score